Details for Brazoria Bridge (Atlas Number 5039009531)

Historical Marker — Atlas Number 5039009531


Marker Number 9531
Atlas Number 5039009531
Marker Title Brazoria Bridge
Index Entry Brazoria Bridge
City Brazoria vicinity
County Brazoria
UTM Zone 15
UTM Easting 251120
UTM Northing 3216958
Subject Codes bridges; Federal programs; design and construction
Marker Year 1991
Designations Recorded Texas Historic Landmark
Marker Location SH 332 and FM 521 interchange, 1 mi. east of Brazoria in roadside park
Marker Size 27" x 42"
Marker Text The town of Brazoria began in 1828 as a port and trading center in Stephen F. Austin's colony. Partially burned in 1836 during the Texas Revolution, it rebuilt and served as county seat until 1897. To escape floods and to enjoy a better life, the townspeople moved to "New Town" near the St. Louis, Brownsville, and Mexico Railway in 1912. This town became "Old Town." The first traffic bridge, built across the Brazos River in this historic region in 1912, provided a vital link between eastern and western Brazoria County. Falling victim to the elements and lack of maintenance, the wood-decked bridge fell into the river in the 1930s. Built in 1939, during the Great Depression, using local labor, county bond money, and funds from the Public Works Administration, this Brazoria bridge sustains the historic transportation route. Nicknamed "The Bridge That Goes to Nowhere" before the soil embankments were built, this 1124' concrete and steel bridge has three Parker through truss spans. It is supported by concrete-filled caisson and concrete piling, and approaches composed of 14 concrete-supported I-beams with steel guard rails. An important example of its style, this Brazoria bridge is a significant part of Brazoria County history. Recorded Texas Historic Landmark - 1991 Recorded Texas Historic Landmark - 1991